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making news in america this morning, damage control. the president's former campaign chairman and his associate under house arrest this morning indicted as the spotlight turns to a young foreign policy adviser and his guilty plea. >> we've been saying from day one there's been no evidence of trump/russia collusion. >> this morning, what these charges could signal about the investigation's future. breaking overnight, russian ties revealed. hours before they're called before congress, facebook and twitter reveal russian ads reached far more americans than previously disclosed. caught on camera, boating disaster. fierce surf capsizes this boat. >> i was swimming next to him, so i was really kind of struggling just to get out of the area. >> how a boy came to the rescue with only his surfboard and his determination. plus, halloween warning.
the fda is issuing an alert about this popular candy. and meet the other george papadopoulos, the man who shares a now famous name tries to explain himself to the internet. a good tuesday morning. we begin with reports of a furious president trump after the first indictments in the russia investigation. >> ex-campaign chair paul manafort and his former deputy now under house arrest after pleading not guilty to charges connected to their business dealings. but the first evidence of possible collusion is coming from another former trump adviser who apparently cut a deal after lying to the fbi about russia. we're now just learning about it. abc's janai norman is joining us from washington where things are pretty busy this morning. good morning, janai. >> reporter: absolutely, kendis and diane. so special counsel robert mueller handed up the first indictments in the russia investigation. we expected that, but then came the unexpected news, that guilty plea from a former adviser to
the trump campaign. >> did you commit a crime? >> reporter: former trump campaign chairman paul manafort and one-time deputy campaign manager rick gates both charged in a sweeping 12-count indictment of conspiracy against the united states, money laundering, and failing to register as agents for a foreign government. >> did you collude with russia? >> reporter: both former campaign leaders pled not guilty to the charges unrelated to their ac on the trump campaign.viti worng but the biggest break in the investigation led by special counsel robert mueller, the revelation that former trump campaign foreign policy adviser george papadopoulos worked with suspected russian agents then denied it to the fbi. >> george papadopoulos, he's an oil and energy consultant, excellent guy. >> reporter: papadopoulos seen just a few seats from donald trump at a national security meeting pleaded guilty earlier this month to lying to the fbi and has been secretly cooperating. according to the fbi in april
2016, russians told papadopoulos they had dirt on hillary clinton and thousands of e-mails long before they were made public. the day after that meeting, donald trump gave his first foreign policy speech with an emphasis on russia. >> i believe an easing of tensions, an improved relations with russia from a position of strength only is possible, absolutely possible. >> reporter: and according to court filings, papadopoulos reported to four senior campaign managers or policy advisers as he worked to try to set up a meeting between then candidate donald trump and russian president vladimir putin. diane and kendis. >> all right, janai norman live from washington, thanks, janai. so for now the president is trying to distance himself from his former associates. white house press secretary sarah sanders dismissed papadopoulos as a low-level volunteer saying he played a limited role in the campaign and she insists the charges have nothing to do with the campaign itself. abc news political director rick
klein has more on what these developments mean for the trump white house at least going forward. rick. >> diane and kendis, the trump presidency is no longer controlled solely even primarily by president trump. bob mueller taking control, using his special counsel's office to now direct a brand-new set of investigations that's all throughout the trump operation, maybe even up to the white house itself. in taking on and indicting president trump's former campaign chairman and his top deputy, the clear message, the clear implication is that nothing is off limits. the president and his own finances could potentially come on to the table, and more intriguingly, a junior level aide who has now pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities, the question is who else is cooperating? did he wear a wire? are there other people he will implicate in his explanation of the facts? this probe is very clearly now getting much larger before it gets smaller, and the clear indication from bob mueller is that he will look anywhere and anything -- and at anything that leads him from the directions that he started even if that
means going far afield from his original mission. he is not going to stop until he pursues every lead that gets at the truth. diane and kendis. >> and, rick, clearly he'll look at anyone because the mueller investigation has now led to the resignation of a top democratic lobbyist. tony podesta has stepped down from his lobbying firm after the firm was referenced in the paul manafort indictment. manafort is accused of using the firm as part of a pr scheme for pro-russian/ukrainian clients. podesta's brother john was hillary clinton's campaign chairman. we're also hearing new revelations about russian sponsored content on social media during last year's election. facebook executives will testify on capitol hill today that a russian group posted more than 80,000 times during and after president trump's victory, and that content reached as many as 126 million people, far more than previously disclosed. meanwhile, twitter has now identified nearly 3,000 russian linked accounts. that's nearly 14 times the
number first disclosed, and today google is expected to identify 18 youtube channels linked to russian influence, but it describes only limited activity on the accounts. there are some new comments about the civil war from the white house chief of staff john kelly that have been getting a little bit of attention overnight. kelly appearing on fox news and was asked about confederate monuments. he called confederate general robert e. lee an honorable man who gave up his country to fight for his state. and kelly did not place the blame for the civil war on slavery. >> the lack of an ability to compromise led to the civil war, and men and women of good faith on both sides made their stand. >> and martin luther king's daughter reacting overnight claiming kelly made a fight to make slavery sound courageous. some controversial comments over night from kelly. a federal judge has partially blocked president trump's ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. the judge issued a preliminary injunction that halts both the
ban and transgender recruiting efforts. it's now up to the government whether to appeal. the judge did uphold a provision that bans federal funding for sex reassignment procedures. convicted army deserter bowe bergdahl admits he made a mistake. he deserted his post in afghanistan and was then captured by the taliban. during the sentencing phase of his trial monday, bergdahl said he never intended for anyone to get hurt while searching for him. president trump has called him a traitor who should be executed. the judge says those comments by the president could be grounds for a lighter sentence. the u.s. says it has captured a second militant who planned the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. mustafa al imam was seized during a raid by special ops in libya. he's being returned to the united states for trial. four american officials including an ambassador were killed in the 2012 attacks. time now for a look at your weather on this tuesday morning. the cleanup is beginning after
that powerful coastal storm slammed the northeast causing more than a million power outages. some towns in new england are postponing halloween because of the damage and fallen trees and other debris are now blocking the streets. a flash flood in new hampshire swept this vacation home down a river completely smashing it to pieces. luckily, nobody was inside at the time. still no doubt heartbreaking for that family. farther north the white mountains have been bracing for mudslides there as well. just a very difficult time for those people all over that northern area. >> yeah, several inches of rain in those parts. well, coming up, the health benefits of a popular food called into question this morning. that story ahead. also new details on those two women rescued after spending five months at sea. hear why they say they did not activate their emergency beacon. plus caught on camera, proof that everyone wants candy today. even bears?
we're back now with new video of a close call as a plane was trying to land in austria. heavy winds caused the right wing to drop, and the plane's tire then bounced off the runway. the pilots aborted the landing at the last second. the polish airliner returned to germany. luckily, nobody was hurt. kevin spacey is facing more fallout over the sexual assault allegation we told you about. the international academy of television arts and sciences says it will not honor spacey with a special founder's emmy. in the meantime, netflix says "house of cards" will end after the upcoming season. but it says that decision was
made before the allegation came to light. harvey weinstein is facing new backlash in his sexual abuse scandal. the producers guild of america has taken the unprecedented step of banning him for life. this comes as new accusations push the time line of alleged abuse back into the 1970s. president trump has reportedly chosen the next chairman of the federal reserve. he's expected to name jerome powell who is already on the board of the central bank. powell has supported the current fed chair's policy of slowly raising interest rates. the fda is making the rare move of proposing to revoke the heart healthy claims of soy protein. since 1999 foodmakers have been allowed to slap those claims onto their products that contain that ingredient, but the fda is now saying the evidence that soy protein actually lowers heart-damaging ldl cholesterol is inconsistent. it's the first time the agency has ever attempted to retract a previously authorized health claim. and on this halloween the fda is warning people who love black licorice not to indulge too much because it could cause
major health problems. the fda posted this video warning people over 40 to limit their intake of black licorice to a maximum of two ounces a day, otherwise, you risk risk developing high blood pressure, swelling or even congestive heart failure. that's because a compound a compound is in the licorice root that lowers your body's potassium levels. as halloween is approaching many were visiting candy stores including this black bear in gatlinburg, tennessee. there was no une inside mahalia's candies at the time. the bear left the store without any tricks or treats. >> nothing? empty handed? >> nothing. >> come on. they could have given him a bag of m&ms or little reese's pieces. >> we are going to extremes with costumes nowadays. all right, a pro football side will be sidelined after a judge's decision in a domestic violence case. plus, the dramatic moment of a boat capsizing and the young surfer coming to the rescue. later a fan steals a home run ball from another fan.
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he said thank you as he got out off the surfboard and then i just kind of went back surfing. i think he was in shock because he just lost his boat and all his stuff. >> just went right back to surfing. no big deal. sam's dad said his son's willingness to immediately jump into action speaks volumes about his character. >> part of the lifestyle in jupiter. and there are some new questions this morning about those two women rescued by the u.s. navy last week after being lost at sea for five months. the coast guard confirms the women had an emergency beacon on the sailboat but never turned it on. a spokesperson says the pair never activated the beacon because they never felt truly in distress and did not think the situation was dire enough. the beacon would have notified rescue teams of their position. the coast guard says it's reviewing the case but has not opened an investigation. let's turn our focus to the nfl player who is recovering after a horrible injury and emergency surgery to actually save his leg. chicago bears tight end zach
miller dislocated his left knee sunday. he also severed the major artery that provides blood below the knee. he was rushed to the hospital in new orleans where doctors repaired the artery. his coach calls miller's surgery a success. >> he's got a good pulse in his lower leg, as well as has good feeling. his foot is warm, which is a good sign. not that he's out of the woods by any stretch, but it's as good as can be expected at this point. >> wow, and experts say amputation was a possibility. doctors are closely watching the leg to be sure it has proper blood flow. a federal judge reinstated dallas cowboys star ezekiel elliott's six-game suspension in connection with the domestic violence case. elliott and the players union have 24 hours to consider an appeal. otherwise, he could be off the field until december 17th. the astros and dodgers will be back on the field tonight for game six of the world series. if the astros win, they would clinch their first ever world series title. temperatures in los angeles are expected to be around 30 degrees
cooler tonight than they were during game one and game two out in l.a. and we're learning a little bit more about this strange incident from sunday's game. apparently this whole incident in the stands was all in the family. that woman who caught the home run ball hit by one of the dodgers who had some guy rip it right out of her hands and then threw it back, it turns out that guy is her brother-in-law. he says they bought the seats in the area for the specific hope of catching a dodgers home run and throwing it back, so apparently this was the plan and there are no hard feelings. >> it still looked like she wanted to hold on to the ball. >> there was a little bit of a tug-of-war. >> yeah, absolutely. >> i don't know about this, all right. up next in "the pulse," a case of mistaken identity. why this accountant is being forced to defend himself on twitter. plus, a new interview revealing who former president obama is scared to death of. when it comes to reducing the sugar in your family's diet coke, dr. pepper, and pepsi hear you and we're working together to do just that. bringing you more great tasting beverages
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♪ it's time for your tuesday "pulse" starting with the other george papadopoulos. >> a michigan man has had an interesting 24 hours because of that name, the same name as the president's former adviser who pleaded guilty in the russia investigation. this papadopoulos is actually a financial planner, and his online life has been pretty hectic full of people accusing him of being the man involved in the scandal. >> oh, but he tweeted to all, i am not george papadopoulos. i'm actually in greece visiting my mother, so today has been kind of surreal to keep up with. and he later tweeted no more new notifications. ah, could you just imagine being -- >> the wrong guy. >> i'm just hanging out at the acropolis. >> the wrong guy. >> oh, well. next to some gossip from former house speaker john boehner about president obama. >> it was actually a great interview in "politico" magazine. boehner recounted a moment
he shared with the president six years ago saying i'm smoking a cigarette and they bring me a glass of merlot and here's a president drinking iced tea and chomping on a nicorette. >> now, asked whether he'd ever seen president obama sneak a cigarette while in the white house, boehner responded, oh, no, no, no, no, no. he is scared to death of his wife. scared to death. >> and the former president admitted as such as well. >> he gave a speech to the united nations i believe in 2013 where he said that, you know, he hasn't smoked in six years because he's scared to death of his wife. >> he's scared of a few things, kim jong-un and michelle obama. >> there you go. so it is halloween. so here are some costume hits and misses courtesy of awkwardfamilyphotos.com. >> so, this woman decided to dress up as her son. >> oh, i see. >> and this little girl went as -- oh, that's awesome. that's hall and oates. >> together in one costume. >> i like it. no need to choose. just be both. this one didn't work out so well for the little one in the picture.
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let's get up and get going. >> this is abc.mornings. 4:27 on this halloween. good morning. tuesday. alexis is not here, she is on maternity leave but the rest of us are wearing orange. >> mike, i love your tie so much. >> thank you. >> do you see this? >> oh, wow. >> a little jack-o'-lantern. >> elaborate. >> that's awesome. >> this is halloween, halloween. >> it's a jerry garcia. >> nice. >> i think i wore it last year, too, or maybe i forgot. >> are we going to have a good forecast for tonight? >> nothing spooktacular. it's going to be a great day. hi, everybody. thanks for admiring my tie. let's move on. there's a little cloud cover this morning, not quite as extensive as yesterday and not as juicy, i'm not hearing
reports of drizzle like yesterday. no fog. your temperatures, we are in the 40s, youk i can't 42, clofr dale 45, vallejo 48, novato 44, los gatos 49, everybody else about 50 to 56 degrees. we will take a look at your 12-hour day planner next and after that we will take a look at your halloween forecast. here is sue. >> we do have a problem early morning commuters out of tracy up and over the altamonte pass with an accident blocking the left lane, the fast lane. we're already seeing very slow traffic a little bit more volume than we normally would this time of morning, it's right near grant line. left lane blocked here. look at the speeds slowing to 35, just under 35 miles an hour then things pick up when you make your way into livermore. we will update that and look at road work in lanes in a few minutes. good morning. breaking news, reportedly there has been a stabbing at a safe way store in san francisco and this is video from seventh and
cabrio near golden gate park. we do have a report a security guard was stabbed and hospitalized. our team working to confirm more details as we do get any more information i will let you know. happening today the suspect accused of starting at bear fire in the santa cruz mountains expected to appear in court. >> marlin coy was arrested on october 17th one day after the fire started but not for arson. officers say he stole jewelry from an evacuated home. the bear fire burned 400 acres, destroyed two homes and injured 13 firefighters. three witnesses say they saw coy start the fire. he faces five felony counts and nine felonies in connection with the burglary. in sonoma county the board of supervisors will get an date on the recovery efforts and debris clean up program. emergency housing needs will be on the table when the board meets. the nuns fire is fully contained, the tubs and pocket
fires are 99% contained. cal fire expects full containment on all north bay fires by today. coming up on 4:30. let's get more on your halloween forecast with meteorologist mike nicco. >> i like your brighter colors. i'm the dark one on the set. kind of interesting. hi, everybody, here is a look at the exploratorium camera at pier 15. not a solid deck of clouds. we will see more sunshine today and because of that we are going to be warmer. now, this morning temperatures running from 47 to 51 degrees, notice at noon slower breezes, brighter conditions, 57 do 62. we will say 57 at the coast but 66 to 69, much warmer this afternoon. by 7:00 we are around 53 to 59 degrees. we will take a look at your hour by hour trick-or-treating forecast next. coming up we have just got word of some road work that was the golden gate bridge, i just flipped off of that a little too quickly approaching the toll plaza at the eastbound direction -- i should